DIY Zero Waste Toweling Reusable Make-Up Remover Pads and Hand Towels with a Matching Drawstring Bag. Plus GIVEAWAY!

by | May 10, 2020 | Enchanted Craft Projects, Enchanted Living | 2 comments

Today I’m back with a new craft project that will be showing you how to sew together this pretty zero-waste towelling beauty set.

This sustainable zero-waste towelling set includes: zero-waste make up remover pads, a towelling cloth and a mini drawstring bag.

These zero-waste towelling beauty sets are sustainable, completely re-useable and so simple to make!

They make beautiful gifts and you can even add other items in the bag to make this a really thoughtful gift to give to a loved one.

If you’re able to, how about making these to go alongside a Fabric Mask or Laundry Bag donation for our key-workers?

At the end of this post I’ll be giving one of you the chance to win your own set custom made by me, for you, so stay tuned for that!

The Inspiration:

When I was in Japan, everywhere I went I seemed to find a Tenugui.

A Tenugui in Japanese are woven cotton cloths which measure about 34cm by 90 cm, have unfinished edges on both ends and are dyed by hand.

They originate from the Edo period as a cotton towel for ritual cleansing ceremonies and soon became a fashionable practical hand towel at the bathhouses. 

Japanese Tenugui come in a stunning range of colours and designs and embody the rich history of Japanese textile design. You can, however, also find cheaper ones with flannel fabric with kawaii (cute) characters such as Hello Kitty.

Tenugui are now commonly used as Japanese hand towels, washcloths, dishcloths or, even as a stylish wall hanging!

I’m taking inspiration from my Japanese travels and incorporating the famous Tenugui into this zero-waste set.

Here’s why I love this zero-waste beauty set:

  1. They are environmentally friendly: Everything in this set can be used again and again. Look at your supplies whilst putting these together. You can use old towels, fabric scraps and leftover ribbons to make something so adorable.
  2. Saves Money: Without wasting money on cotton wool pads or wipes you will save so much more money and the environment.
  3. They are more effective: I find everything in this set so much more effective than the shop brought alternative. The towelling pads, in particular, are so soft on your skin and ideal for sensitive skin types.
  4. Look Cuter: They, of course, look just far prettier than wipes or cotton wool ever could! You can be as creative as you want with the fabric choice, the ribbons and even the stitching. You could also embellish the bags in so many more ways than I have that means it will be forever unique to you.

You will need:

All you need to make this zero-waste beauty set is:

  1. a piece of fabric 50 x 46cm (sometimes called a fat quarter) and the same amount of towelling material.
  2. You will also need a 50-70cm piece of ribbon.

DIY Cloth Hand-Towel Tutorial (Tenugui)

  1. Cut 1 piece of fabric 24 x 29cm and some towelling fabric 24 x 29cm.
  2. Pin them together with the right side of the fabric facing you.
  3. Machine around all four edges. Use any overstitch your sewing machine has, ensuring any stitch you use is as close as possible to prevent fraying.

DIY Makeup Remover Pads Tutorial

  1. Cut a circle pattern to your desired size in both fabric and towelling fabric. I haven’t added a pattern here because it’s really up to you how big you want your cosmetics pad to be. You can either model it on a traditional cotton pad or use a glass as a template. For reference, mine was 8cm in diameter.
  2. Head to steps 2 and 3 above to make your zero-waste make up remover pads.

DIY Drawstring Bag Tutorial

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric 20 x 20 cm.
  2. Sew the sides and bottom seams together, leaving the top open.
  3. Turn down the top edge about 2cm, and stitch around to hold it in place leaving a small gap in the seam.
  4. Thread a piece of ribbon (50cm) through the gap and knot the ends to secure.


To finish this post, and in the spirit of seeking ‘everyday whimsy and a heart full of wanderlust,’ I’m giving one of you the chance to WIN your own set handmade by me.

You can pick your fabric and I’m also going to include some other sweet pampering goodies for you to enjoy.

How To Enter:

To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is subscribe to ‘Whimsy Wednesday’ by Wednesday 3rd June at 11pm GMT. This giveaway is open internationally.

I will select someone at random after that and email you for your details so I can make this up for you!

Click here to sign up to Whimsy Wednesday and Enter The Giveaway

Thank you so much for reading this post and I do hope it can inspire you to make your own zero-waste beauty supplies.

If you enjoyed this post, you can find a DIY Fabric Face Masks tutorial here and a DIY Laundry Bag tutorial here.

Do you have any sewing or craft projects you’d like to request? I have so many more things to come so be sure to keep an eye on my Crafty Projects tab!

Until then, please take care of yourselves and let me know how you got on making this project.

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  1. Lindsey

    Before this quarantine when I would wear makeup everyday for work, I would use my reusable cotton makeup pads everynight before bed. They are great, easy and earth friendly!

    • Georgie xoxo

      aww Lindsey so glad you are a fan of them! And they feel so much softer don’t they? I’d never go back to normal cotton wool! xoxo


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